Re: we need more variation for conffiles
From: Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: we need more variation for conffiles
Date: 18 Feb 2000 00:00:01 -0600
> I still think that overridden by default files should *not* be
> conffiles. Conffiles are files that users have been assured shall
> *not* be overwritten up upgrade -- so go ahead and make changes.
I can, at last, understand that the above is your fundamental
point of view.
> So asking the user when you have badly broken a conffile is
> should not happen bery often. In fact, hardly ever. And then asking
> and letting the user decide is not asking too much of the user. These
> are extraordinary circumstances, after all.
I might find the basic difference between you and me.
Perhaps you think mainly of the cases where a conffile is
broken by accident, but I think mainly of the cases where
a maintainer refines a conffile in a smart way and it needs
to replace the old conffile with the new one in order to
use the refined capability.
> I am pretty much convinced that replacing a conffile be
> default is never really the best solution, but I can still be swayed,
> perhaps by examples. (I would not object if there was a way that dpkg
> presented the conffile with a different default, but only for a
> specific version, if so asked by the maintainer of the package (we
> have to find some way of stating if upgrading from a version older
> than ...).
I do not know the concrete example in Debian yet but I know
one in Debian JP ... :)
> I have not been able to convince myself that such a case
> exists, no. All the scenarios I could come up with could be solved by
> a proper preint/postinst. However, in theory, I may grant you that in
> xome cases it may make sense for the default action to be replace.
Okay, I see.
Then perhaps my last question;
> Ok. This is a different kettle of fish, as they say, than what
> you said before. As long sa you stipulate that these cases occur i
> exceptional circumstances.
Sorry but I do not know the meaning of the phrase
"a different kettle of fish", would you please someone
tell me the meaning :)
Thank you for your advice, this is a nice experience
Debian JP Developer - much more I18N of Debian
Atsuhito Kohda <email@example.com>
Department of Math., Tokushima Univ.